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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith (2 reviews)

Hope,    15  
Andrew Smith  
The Marbury Lens  
Feiwel and Friends    2010

           Jack Whitmore doesn’t cry. Ever. Not when he gets kidnapped, not when he barely escapes, not when he collapses at his best friend Conner’s.  Conner, the only person he’s ever cared about in his entire life, is there for him as usual. When they run into the guy that kidnapped Jack, Conner takes care of it. Unfortunately, ‘taking care of it’ accidentally leads to murder. The two boys try to forget everything and go on their planned summer break in England. That’s when things really go up in flames. A mysterious stranger gives Jack a pair of glasses that allow him to see into another world called Marbury. His mission there is to keep two younger boys alive in a place infested by monsters and nightmares. Horrified, Jack finds himself being pulled between two worlds; he begins to wonder which one is real. Conner appears in Marbury as well, only his mission seems to be killing Jack and his young charges. Everything is coming down around Jack’s head; his life is spinning out of control. But Jack doesn’t cry. This novel, clearly written for older teens, has quite a bit of language, mature themes, and violence; but for a reader with a strong stomach, this novel has many thought-provoking questions about life.   

4 Better than most

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Ursula,    18   
Andrew Smith    
The Marbury Lens   
Feiwel and Friends    2010

        Interesting idea, and the writing was well detailed.  I guess I just couldn't handle the story.    It's about a sixteen year old kid named Jack, who one night gets drunk and a friend's party and is kidnapped that same night.  He manages to escape, but is left scared.  So then he goes to England on a tour of a school, and a stranger hands him a pair of lens that allow him to see into a parallel world called Marbury.  I didn't get very far in this book, because I couldn't get passed the disturbing stuff related to the kidnapping, and I realize now that I don't like the main character who's as melancholy as you can get.  But it kept you wanting to read it anyways, despite the bad stuff.  
Rating: 4 Better than most

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